8 days in Scottish Highlands & Glasgow Itinerary

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Inverness — 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip app.

Boston, USA to Inverness is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Inverness at 58°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort William.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Fort William — 3 nights

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Step out of the city life by going to Steall Waterfall and Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Explore hidden gems such as Glenfinnan Viaduct and St. Conan’s Kirk. Step out of Fort William with an excursion to Kilchurn Castle in Dalmally--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip planning tool.

Drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Glasgow.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
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Glasgow — 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Strathblane Falconry, then examine the collection at Provand's Lordship, and then view the masterpieces at The Glasgow School of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of St. Michael's Parish Church, then explore the historical opulence of Linlithgow Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dollar Parish Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Glasgow travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.